Solid Evening at the Air Force Academy
COLORADO SPRINGS - The men's and women's track and field teams of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs had their first competition since Dec. 15 on Friday evening at the Air Force All-Comers Meet.
Unlike other sports, like basketball, track and field does not have competition during the semester break, through the holidays. Some competition rust developed during the five-week layoff. Yet, it was still a productive day of races.
"We had a solid day" said UCCS coach Mark Misch, "they got done what they needed to get done."
"There was some rust after Christmas" added assistant coach David Harmer, "it was noticeable who was able to get on the track over break."
Additionally, track meets at the Air Force Academy pose a unique competition dynamic because the Cadet Field House sits at about 7,000 feet altitude. Also, the main purpose of Friday's track meet was to get back into competition training cycles to set up better race and event mark over the next five weeks going into the RMAC Indoor Track and Field Championship, which will be held Feb. 26-27 at Golden, Colo.. Despite that, there were still some very noteworthy performances Friday.
Kelsey Berry came close to an NCAA provisional qualifier in the 800-meter run with a time of 2 minutes, 21.15 seconds.
Preston Williams had a big personal best in the weight throw with a mark of 13.10 meters or 42 feet 11.75 inches
The top performance of the evening was Dami Oladiran, who set a UCCS school record in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.05 seconds. Thank you, soccer team. Oladiran became eligible to compete for the Mountain Lion track team this week after completing his eligibility playing Mountain Lion soccer. His presence provides more depth to the UCCS sprint crew.
The next competition will be Jan. 23 at Steinhauser Field House in Golden, Colo. hosted by Colorado Mines.
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